Pedaling Peddlers Find Kickstarter Funding

Time Magazine’s Best Website of 2011 and Best Invention of 2010, the site has helped successfully fund more than 24,000 projects by designers, artists, filmmakers and musicians.

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunded website for creative projects. Time Magazine’s Best Website of 2011 and Best Invention of 2010, the site has helped successfully fund more than 24,000 projects by designers, artists, filmmakers and musicians. The site is also a great place for bike lovers to discover new products while supporting independent builders and companies. Here, Momentum Mag shares some of our favorite bike-related projects that have found funding on Kickstarter.

Bicycle Frame Handle

The Frame Handle is a stylish, sturdy and easy-to-use leather handle for carrying your bicycle. Also known as the “Little Lifter,” this product is designed with urban commuters in mind. Two adjustable buckles that wrap around the down tube and seat tube effectively lower the center of gravity and make the bike feel lighter and easier to lift. Walnut Studiolo, which also makes a leather 6-pack carrier popular with bike bloggers and Momentum staff, designed the Frame Handle.

Funding goal: $3,500 | Total raised: $19,584

walnutstudiolo.com

Revolights

A bike lighting system for those who want to see and be seen. The lights consist of two thin LED rings (white in front, red in back) that mount directly to the wheel rims. A thin wire supplies power from a rechargeable battery.

Funding goal: $43,500 | Total raised: $215,621

revolights.com

Blink/Steady

The Blink/Steady light is an elegant, low-profile and hard-to-steal bike light. Machined from solid aluminum, the light incorporates an accelerometer the turns the light on and off with movement. The light is secured to your seat post, so there is no need to remove it to prevent theft and no excuse for forgetting it when you leave the house.

Funding goal: $35,000 | Total raised: $82,367

blinksteady.com

Beacon Bike Lights

This sleek coin-shaped LED-powered light attaches to your bicycle using a slender zip tie. Once the 150-hour battery runs out, simply cut the zip tie, replace the batteries and reattach to your bicycle.

Funding goal: $5,000 | Total raised: $10,046

beaconbikelights.com

Bike·a·Bee

A sustainable biking beekeeping project in Chicago, IL. Hives are placed in urban farms and gardens and tended to using an eco-friendly bike trailer system. Aside from producing honey, the hives serve as educational tools in the community and act as the garden’s resident pollinators.

Funding goal: $7,000 | Total raised: $8,646

bikeabee.com

Ministry of Supply: The Future of Dress Shirts

A high-performance dress shirt designed using space travel technology. The material is responsive to a changing environment, and will get you to work and through the workday sweat-free.

Funding goal: $30,000 | Total raised: $429,276

ministryofsupply.com

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